“TELEPHONES IN LAWRENCE COUNTY”
Nearly everyone today carries a cell phone and our lives rely on instantaneous calls, social media, and the internet. It wasn’t like that a century ago when the old ‘crank wood wall telephones’ were the only means of calling the doctor or the fire department. Many Lawrence County citizens have been associated with the local telephone companies and manufacturers (like Suttle) for decades.
We are eager to gather information, news articles, advertising, and hopefully many pictures of operators, buildings, and outside plant of the telephone business throughout the county. We need names of telephone operators and employees from the past, locations and names of switchboard exchanges, and telephone directories 1900 – 1960. Many older records are needed. We will scan, photograph, and record information to accumulate the memories for our area.
Steve Shearer, retired telephone man, is willing to compile all data made available to preserve this portion of our county history. Information, queries, or questions can be sent to him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s see if we can provide him access to everything we have on the subject. Personal interviews are desirable. “Remember it takes a lot of small pieces of a puzzle gathered together to create the final picture.”